The Westman Islands
Puffins & puffins & puffins & history
This tour is packed with exciting options
Imagine an island just off the coast of Iceland. Visualise millions of puffins working relentlessly on feeding the younglings in the nest at the top of the bird cliffs. Imagine how it must have felt to wake up in the middle of the night realising that your backyard was literally on fire. The small town in Heimaey, the largest of the Westman islands, was awaken to the news of a volcanic eruption in the island’s thought to be dormant volcano, Eldfell, in 1973. Let’s go and visit this island, see the puffins and eat good food together. We will also learn about the island’s history of course by visiting a few museums.
Truly, a wonderful and packed day of knowledge, good humor, good food, excellent company and magnificent landscape!
We depart Reykjavik early morning and head east. Our destination is the ferry port that was conveniently built on sand on the south coast. From there we are forced to take an excruciatingly long ferry ride over to Heimaey island, where we will spend a few hours together exploring the island. There is an amazing museum, Eldheimar, that is built around a house that was dug out of the ash. We will visit that and hear the story about the night of the eruption. There is also a museum about the history of the islands, which is very interesting to visit. And of course the Beluga sanctuary.
Available: All year
Duration: 9-10 hours
Tour language: English
Tour category: Private
Visible highlights: Eldheimar, Sagnheimar, Beluga whale sanctuary, Puffins (during summer).
Pickup time: optional
- 9-10 hours guided private tour
- English speaking guide
- Lunch & Dinner
- Optional activities
- Car – depending on group size
- Ferry ride
- Museum admission costs
What to bring:
- Warm clothes
- Hiking boots or good shoes
- Good waterproof outer layers
Good to know: The weather plays a large role in Iceland. It can happen that the weather conditions affect our schedule.
The Westman islands
Depart Reykjavik when you are ready
Ferry ride to Heimaey – 30 minutes
Back to Reykjavik
Your tour starts in Reykjavik. After being picked up, you will head out towards the world famous south coast of Iceland. The first stop will be Landeyjahofn harbor where we step about the ferry. When we arrive to Heimaey, we will do the museums and the puffin search. After an amazing day we head back to Reykjavik.